Autumnal European hot spots
The European autumn can still offer sunshine and mild temperatures across the Mediterranean meaning that now is an ideal time to book an autumn city break!
It is about this time that the UK weather starts getting gloomy, heralding the approach of winter. But what it also brings are classic months for European city breaks – at bargain prices!
For some interesting destinations, check out these suggestions from The Sunday Times…
Dubrovnik is a historic port on the Dalmatian coast brimming with life. It is a perfect spot to catch some late autumn sunshine with peaceful backstreets offering many surprises, don’t limit yourself to the main walks in the Old Town as you will certainly miss much of Dubrovnik’s charm. However, if you’re after an island retreat away from the bustle of the city, Lokrum is a 10 minute taxi boat ride out from the old town. It has clear blue, calm, waters and nice shady spots to laze around on the rocks by the water.
If you’re a horse-racing fan, you could head to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, held on the first Sunday in October. Popularly referred to as the "Arc", it is the most prestigious horse race in Europe and one of the most renowned international events in any sport. It’s the world's second richest horse race on turf, after the Japan Cup, so you’re sure to be in for a real spectacle!
Istanbul / Marrakech / Athens:
All these cities look good “out of season” – amazing destinations of exotic adventure and still reasonably hot in early autumn. In Athens, the capital of Greece, you might particularly like the funky and stylish hotels set against the backdrop of its ancient civilisation. It’s not often that you can find a city and a beach destination combined. So, whether it’s Turkey, Morocco or Greece you jet off to, you’ll be sure to find something unique to catch your eye!
Rhine and Danube Rivers:
October and November are great months for river cruising in Europe. You could choose a relaxing city cruise that starts in Amsterdam in the north and ending in mysterious Budapest, the Hungarian capital, in the south-east. This multi-city cruise sails through Cologne, Ruedesheim, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Vienna and Bratislava whilst offering some of the best scenery on the stunning Rhine or the beautiful blue Danube.
Autumn is also an ideal time for a city break in Sorrento on the Neapolitan coast of Italy, or even Palma, the often neglected capital of Majorca, which lives life at a slightly more relaxed pace than the rest of the party-loving island.
Wherever you decide to take a mini-break,
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